Later, in 1266, Naples was chosen the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily but the war with Napoleon brought about new changes and the city was called the capital of the united Kingdom of Two Sicilies. All the political transformations were finally over when Italy became a single state and Naples ended up just as one of many other Italian cities.
From then on Naples encountered lots of social problems that influenced its reputation and now the description of the city hardly goes without such words as 'poor', 'dirty' and 'criminal'.
However, the city is trying to recover its popularity as the essential tourist destination (as it was 3 centuries ago actually) and attract visitors interested in its enormous cultural heritage. Almost 15 years ago UNESCO awarded to the historic center of Naples the status of a World Heritage Site and more and more travelers long to dive into the city's vigorous, turbulent and sometimes wild atmosphere.
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